Arcade, Indie and Retro galore at Play Blackpool.

It’s a celebration for gamers young and old at the Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre with the Play Blackpool entering it’s second year.

Tickets on the door cost:

Adult: 1 day £14 – 2 days £24 – 3 days £32

Child: 1 day £9 – 2 days £15 – 3 days £20

Family: 1 day £36 – 2 days £60 – 3 days £75

The event will take place May 2nd – 4th with a whole host of games to play. Many rare arcade classics will be playable including Virtua Fighter, Afterburner, Frogger and the Atari Star Wars arcade game, which is over 30 years old. The arcade cabinets will also be set to free play, resulting in no coins needed to play.

It’s not just old school games that Play Blackpool have on offer, the latest indie games in the Xbox One Zone will be playable, some of these include Child of Light, Goat Simulator and the terrifying Slender: The Arrival.

Indie Developers are also on hand to show off demos of their latest games, along with gaming tournaments giving the event a competitive edge. Gamers can show off their skills in Fifa Halo and Super Smash Bros, receiving a prize pot on the Sunday of the event.

For the die-hard gaming enthusiast out there mark the first weekend of May in your calendar for a day of enjoyment no matter what kind of gamer you are.

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Norwich Gaming Festival Fully Loaded At The Forum

The past, present and future of gaming were all on offer at the Norwich gaming festival, with classic consoles such as N64 alongside the high tech Playatation 4’s The forum showcased a plethora of gaming history to please avid gamers and non-gamers alike.

Robin Silcock, co-organiser of the festival talked about the importance of making less knowledgeable people aware of games, talking to Mustard T.V she says,

“Something we’re trying to do at the festival is to include the gamers but also their family and friends to sort of bring people who might not play games usually to come along and see what it’s about”.

The festival ran from the 6th-12th April and is in its second year.

Aspiring games designers also get first-hand insight from developers within the industry at gaming talks that were held on the Saturday and Sunday. Attending the talks was Dan Pearce developer of 10 Second Ninja and winner of the BAFTA Young Games Designers competition.

Admission was free however donations were graciously accepted for Games Aid a UK based video games charity which acts as an umbrella to support a number of smaller charities who help disadvantaged and disabled children and young people.

For more coverage take a gander at Breakthrough Gaming’s interviews with Katie Goode, Dan Pearce, Elliot Johnson, Robin Baumgarten and many more.

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Nintendo Taps Into the Mobile Market and Consoles Itself by Announcing New Hardware.

This announcement comes long overdue to gamers believing the Japanese company to be old fashioned and traditional.

Nintendo are now entering a $30 billion dollar market bringing it’s creative talent to the short bite sized gaming experience of mobile gaming.

This is good news to Nintendo who suffered £57 million in financial losses due to the failure of the underpowered Wii U. Entering the mobile market brings hope to modernise the company and make them relevant, allowing the company to reach a broader market.

Fans should reset assured that popular Nintendo classics such as Super Mario Bros and Pokemon won’t simply be ported over to mobile.

In a presentation Satoru Iwata, Presidant of Nintendo stated that,

“We feel that simply releasing our games just as they are on smart devices would not provide the best entertainment for smart devices, so we are not going to take any approach of this nature, having said that, however, in the current environment surrounding smart devices, we feel that we will not be able to gain the support of many consumers unless we are able to provide something truly valuable that is unique to Nintendo”.

The news that Nintendo would shift gears to mobile gaming have been rumored for a while now.

Not long after announcing one drastic business decision Nintendo drops another bombshell. The Japanese video game manufacturer announced a codename for their new console the NX.

The reason for the drastic announcement is reassurance from Nintendo, in that it remains focused on creating hardware as well content for mobile.

During a Q and A Iwata stated, “We wanted to make it clear that Nintendo will continue with that as our core business.”

This announcement comes only 2 years after the launch of Nintendo’s ill-fated system, the Wii U

There will be more information regarding the NX in 2016. Despite being in an early phase of the development you can already pre-order the console from eager Australian retailer, EB Games.

God of More: Third instalment getting HD release on Playstation 4.

Sony has unveiled that God of War is the latest game series getting the next generation remake. God of War 3 is getting glossed up on the Playstation 4 to commemorate 10 years of the franchise.

The third instalment of the series sold over 4 million copies worldwide upon its release 5 years ago.

The violent greek mythological epic will be a significant upgrade to it’s 5 year old predecessor, gaining 1080p resolution. This allows crisper visuals along with running at a smooth 60 frames per second to create a visually stunning experience for gamers.

The game will be released on 17th July 2015 in the U.K.

Peter Molyneux Rage Quits

Gaming Industry veteran responsible for the Fable franchise on Xbox, refuses to speak about his latest game Godus to the press following relentless criticism of the inflated embellishment he gives his games.

Fans have been mocking Molyneux’s false promises in his games and accuse him as a compulsive liar. Speaking to the Guardian Molyneux addresses these claims, he says:

“I say these ideas so passionately, people think that these are hard and fast promises. I truly believe them when I say them, but as you know, sometimes they don’t come to pass. They don’t come to pass because they’re too technically difficult, they don’t come to pass because maybe they don’t fit and people see this as being a promise.”

 Molyneux also reveals the abuse he has received as a contributing factor for his withdrawal to promoting Godus;

“People get so frustrated with me, so much so that they’ve threatened me, they’ve threatened my family and it just cannot go on, it really can’t”

This announcement comes during the development of Molyneux’s latest game Godus, which was crowd funded by generous donations on kickstarter.

Godus is a God game where you control many characters through a birdseye perspective and influence there world. A genre in which Molyneux effectively created through Populous, which sold over 4 million copies.

Godus is still in production but has now been handed over to Konrad Naszynski, a passionate fan of Molyneux’s.

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I’m Done! Image Source: The Six Axis

 

Molyneux’s final announcement about the game was a promise that the game will be released in nine months time.

Hacks Enough! Notorious U.K hacker Jailed.

An 18 year old, has been arrested for the Christmas day hackings on Xbox Live and Playstation Network which may have affected 160 million users.

The teenager, from southport near Liverpool who has not yet been identified caused serious disruption to gamers wanting to access their online games.

He has been arrested under the computer misuse act, which could lead to a 12-month jail sentence if charged.

The unauthorised access prompted in an investigation from both the FBI and U.K cybercrime units.

Craig Jones head of U.K Cyber Crime unit said “We are still at the early stages of the investigation and there is still much work to be done. We will continue to work closely with the FBI to identify those who commit offences and hold them to account.”

The act was proclaimed to be from cyber hacker group Lizard Squad, who have been known for disrupting the online services prior to this most recent attack.

 

Assassins Creed film officially in production

Ubisoft’s video game adaptation of popular Assassins Creed franchise is officially in the works by film studio 20th century Fox. Chief Executive Officer Yves Guillemot announced on Thursday,

Slated for 21st December 2016, the film is set to star Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds, X-men First Class) and Marion Cotilard (Inception, Dark Knight Rises) as the two leads.

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It is unlikely the film will follow the story of Altair. Image Source Resumbrae

It is rumoured that Robert Downey Jr has signed on to play Leonardo Da Vinci in which the famous inventor provided gadgets and weapons to assist the protagonist Ezio in his quests.

The film will follow a separate narrative from the games but will most likely maintain the premise of an everyday individual who has been selected to live out his ancestor’s life.

Ubisoft were also the company responsible in giving Prince of Persia the movie treatment in 2010.

 

Netflix transforming Legend of Zelda into live-action T.V series.

The streaming service, Netflix have announced that the popular Nintendo games series, The Legend of Zelda will be adapted into a live action T.V series.

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Link In Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess for Nintendo Wii. Image Source: IGN

It is reported that Netflix will work closely with Nintendo in recreating the Zelda universe so fans can rest assured about any misrepresentation.

The series of games is the video game equivalent of Lord of the Rings consisting of a fantasy epic, traversing many mythical lands and explore vast dungeons to save Princess Zelda and retrieve the tri-force.

The original game came out in 1987, since then 16 iterations have been released. The most popular is Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time which received huge critical acclaim for the Nintendo 64 and is beloved by many gamers.

Speculation is already rife on who will play the protagonist Link with Zac Efron rumoured to play the hero of time.

Popular Gaming website IGN also want Thomas Brodie Sangster of Game of Thrones fame to don the long pointy green hat.

Could Thomas Brodie Sangster wield the Master Sword? Source: Maze Runner Wiki

The project is most likely in it’s very early stages. Nintendo and Netflix spokespersons have declined to comment on the matter.

The question on many Zelda fans minds, is will Link talk?